Retail investors remain cautious, decreasing their equity exposure in June
July 08, 2019 — OMAHA, Neb.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Investor Movement Index® (IMXSM) dipped to 4.61 in June, down 6 percent from its May score. The IMX is TD Ameritrade’s proprietary, behavior-based index, aggregating Main Street investor positions and activity to measure what investors actually were doing and how they were positioned in the markets. The reading for the four-week period ending June 28, 2019 ranks “Moderately Low” compared to historic ranges, marking a eight-month trend of below average IMX scores.
“Investor cautiousness continued, even as markets rallied in June, reaching all-time highs by midmonth,” said JJ Kinahan, chief market strategist at TD Ameritrade. “Yet, it’s important to look at one of the primary factors behind the rally – in this case, it is the anticipation of Fed rate cuts – which is often motivated by deeper insecurities about the economy.”
During the June IMX period, the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average were both up around 7 percent, while the Nasdaq Composite was the leader, up 7.4 percent. However, the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield decreased below 2 percent for the first time since November 2016 while the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index decreased to the lowest point since September 2017. The market saw gains midmonth as Federal Reserve officials agreed to hold the benchmark interest rate steady. During the period, trade resolution between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinpin remained uncertain.
What They’re Buying
Despite their decreased exposure to equities, retail investors at TD Ameritrade found some popular names to buy during the June IMX period, including:
- Tesla Inc. (TSLA)
- Beyond Meat Inc. (BYND)
- Canopy Growth Corp. (CGC)
- Walt Disney Co. (DIS)
TD Ameritrade clients also net sold many popular names during the period, including:
- Apple Inc. (AAPL)
- General Electric Inc. (GE)
- Netflix Inc. (NFLX)
- Snapchat Inc. (SNAP)
- Millennial Buys & Sells
During the June IMX period, millennials with TD Ameritrade accounts favored many of the same stocks as the overall population, including Tesla (TSLA), Canopy Growth Corp. (CGC) and Beyond Meat (BYND). Unlike the total population, millennials were net buyers of Uber (UBER) and Nvidia (NVDA).
Millennials were also net sellers of several of the same companies as the general population, including Apple (AAPL), Netflix (NFLX) and Snapchat (SNAP). Unlike the total population, they were also net sellers of Sirius (SIRI).
About the IMX
The IMX value is calculated based on a complex proprietary formula. Each month, TD Ameritrade pulls a sample from its client base of more than 11 million funded accounts, which includes all accounts that completed a trade in the past month. The holdings and positions of this statistically significant sample are evaluated to calculate individual scores, and the median of those scores represents the monthly IMX.
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